Ontario Society of Professional Engineers

Ontario Society of Professional Engineers

May 02, 2005 14:17 ET

Professional engineers push Ontario to modernize procurement

Ontario's professional engineers ask Premier McGuinty to modernize procurement processes Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Energy Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - May 2, 2005) - Ontario's professional engineers are asking the Ontario government to modernize the way it purchases engineering and design services. The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) says the government could save taxpayers' money and have construction projects completed sooner and lasting longer by:

• placing more emphasis on long-term project savings and reduced maintenance rather than focusing on immediate costs;

• centralizing purchasing for capital projects in one ministry with a central pool of expertise; and

• implementing a new engineering- and design-service procurement process known as Quality-based Selection (QBS), which would save taxpayers' money and deliver construction projects faster than the current selection process based primarily on lowest price.

"We're asking the government to place greater emphasis on long-term savings, and less on short-term costs," says Annette Bergeron, M.B.A., P.Eng., President and Chair of OSPE. "The government tells us they are receptive to this new process, but we want to make sure it's included in the next budget, expected some time this month."

Ms Bergeron sent Premier McGuinty a letter last week, asking him to champion speedy adoption of the new procurement processes and offering the society's voluntary assistance in drafting a new procurement system for Ontario.

"Spending a little more money up front usually results in lower construction costs, and structures that last longer and are less expensive to maintain down the road," says Ms Bergeron. "Engineers call this engineering for life, and it benefits all Ontarians, especially the next generation."

Quality-based procurement of design and engineering services has been proven to work in many other jurisdictions. QBS is already used in U.S. federal departments and over 44 state governments. It has been proven to significantly reduce total project costs and deliver projects, on average, in less than 75 per cent of the time required for projects sourced with the low-priced system.

A copy of Ms Bergeron's letter is available on OSPE's web site at www.ospe.on.ca.

OSPE is the voice of the engineering profession in Ontario. The organization advances the professional and economic interests of the province's 67,000 professional engineers by advocating with governments, offering valued member services including research, and providing opportunities for ongoing professional development.
/For further information: Media contact: John Peck, 416-223-9961, ext. 237, jpeck@ospe.on.ca, www.ospe.on.ca/ IN: ECONOMY, ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, POLITICS, TECHNOLOGY

Contact Information

  • John Peck, Communications manager, Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
    Primary Phone: 416-223-9961 ext. 237
    E-mail: jpeck@ospe.on.ca